John Matuszak

Senior Fellow for International Strategy

John Matuszak recently retired after 30 years with the federal government – State Department, USAID and USDA. He spent his career promoting the use of science for decision-making with multiple international organizations, governments, and multilateral environmental agreement processes. He was a Senior Policy Advisor and the Division Chief for Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  He was elected as a Vice President United Nations Environmental Assemblies 3 and 4 and UNEP’s Governing Council GMEF2011. He was a Policy Advisor to UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlooks 4, 5, and 6. John also represented State Department in the U.S. Group on Earth Observation and co-chaired their international activities working group. He represented the U.S. with GEO internationally including as co-chair of the Program Board; the budget committee; and the initiative on Earth Observation for Ecosystem Accounting. 

John was seconded to the World Bank WAVES partnership in 2013 and 2014 serving as the Head of Global Engagement, to promote the use of the UN System of Environmental and Economic accounts for decision-making. From 2001 until 2013, as Division Chief, John led U.S. engagement with UNEP, the UN Economic Commission for Europe-Committee on Environmental Policy and the Commission on Sustainable Development, including as U.S. focal point for the Rio +20 Conference. He and his team represented the U.S. on delegations to numerous Multilateral Environmental Agreement processes and multilateral institutions. He received dozens of honor awards including for work on sustainable development, forests, biodiversity, chemicals management and pollution reduction, energy and environmental governance. John was the regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in USAID’s Global Environment Center from 1997-2002. He was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the State Department from 1994-1997.